(MLB) Cliff Lee gained a six run lead, which looked liked an easy win for Philly. Lee had one of the worst starts of his career, giving up eight runs in five innings. It was obviously going to take a lot of runs to win the game, and fortunately, the Phillies offense was up to the task.
The Phillies had 17 hits en route to scoring 14 runs. That was their highest Opening Day output since 1900 when they scored 19 runs against Boston. There were stars throughout the lineup, and the Phillies even managed to walk six times.
It shows what a difference a season can make. In 2013, it took the Phillies half the season to score double digits runs in one game.
Jimmy Rollins – As of yesterday, it wasn’t even clear if he’d be available for the game since his wife was due to give birth. The Phillies were certainly glad he made it. His second inning grand slam was the biggest blow of the day.
Cody Asche – Asche had a poor Spring Training, but he started the season on a strong note, going 3-4 including a home run.
Tanner Scheppers – Most non-Rangers fans had never heard of Scheppers before today. Scheppers probably wishes that they still hadn’t heard of him.
Pedro Figueroa – He was the first Rangers reliever to enter the game, but he didn’t provide much relief.